Server 2008 Hyper-V: Getting up and Running

Installing Hyper-V in Server 2008 is a matter of opening Server Manager and adding Hyper-V as a "role." However, you don't want to use the version of Hyper-V that comes with the Server 2008 DVD; you want to install the latest version, which you can download from Microsoft by searching for KB950050. It's about 31MB and you'll have to restart when you're done.

It wasn't all butterflies and roses for me though. The role installation required multiple reboots and at one point the system simply hung up with a disk I/O error. Rebooting didn't help. I dutifully scheduled a disk check and restarted the OS, noticing an absolute TON of disk problems which Server 2008 eventually fixed. After the Hyper-V install was eventually finished, I ran more disk diagnostics which indicated that the drive was fit as a fiddle, and I haven't had any other disk-related problems on the machine. So I'm pretty suspicious that something went haywire in the installation of the role. Moral: Back up your system before installing Hyper-V. Maybe I just had bad luck, but I'm suspicious that the installation routine is buggy.

Anyway when you're done, you'll end up with the Hyper-V Manager on your Administrative Tools menu. That's the main console where you can create new VM's, point to existing ones (which is a variation on the "create new" theme), change VM settings like RAM allocation, and so forth. I'll save a full treatment of the Hyper-V Manager for next week, because first I'd like to share with you my adventures in accessing an "old" VHD/VMC combination from Microsoft's previous virtualization product.

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